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Busy Saturday ahead for Riverbank families

There’s a lot going on in town this weekend, with Saturday being especially busy, centered mostly at the Riverbank Community Center.

First up, in the morning, participants will meet up at the park adjacent to the Community Center at 8 a.m. to begin Love Riverbank work. After the kickoff, volunteers will then spread out around town to carry out the multiple projects planned.

A sampling of the projects for this year includes tree planting at designated parks around the community, bringing cheer to the elderly at Central Valley Post Acute on Topeka Street; clean-up efforts at parks and several locations around the city, as well as some work cleaning up along the river. Spring cleaning is also scheduled at the Riverbank Library as part of this year’s Love Riverbank effort. Many of the projects have several volunteers already signed up; those interested in learning more can go to for more information or to sign up to participate.

Several sponsors have helped contribute to the work day to aid in its success. Work is expected to conclude about noon.

And that is just the first event of the day. A health faire will be held in the Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with blood pressure testing, glucose screenings, and health resources and information.

Back in the Community Center Park, beginning at noon and continuing through 5 p.m., the third edition of the Riverbank Founders Day Carnival will be celebrated, with food vendors, music, and lots of booths and games for the youngsters. There’s also a Dunk Tank fundraiser that will benefit Riverbank’s Sister Cities Committee. It is advertised that there will be opportunities to dunk Mayor O’Brien as well as Police Chief Ridenour and other members of the city council.


Editor Marg Jackson contributed to this story.